Brighton & Hove Albion’s pre-season camp in Austria this week has been a long-term and strategic process for kit manager Clive Thompson and his team.
The Seagulls’ first team have spent the week abroad preparing for the new campaign with a trip that concludes with a game with FC Liefering on Saturday, and Thompson revealed just how much work goes on behind the scenes for him and his staff.
He said, “The process starts in November when the representatives from Nike come in and we order the kit for the following campaign.
“We take into consideration at that point what we’ll need for pre-season, as well as throughout the season too.
“This year the club allowed me to bring another training kit out here, the aqua one which supporters will have seen on social media, it seems to have gone down well with the fans and the players too.
“It’s a nice new pre-season kit that acts as an extra training kit, and it works well because it means that all of the other training kit is back at the training ground for when we return to England.”
Graham Potter has taken a squad of 28 players abroad this week, plus a number of backroom, medical and coaching staff, Thompson spoke about the importance of meeting all of their needs and praised the work of his department as a whole.
“There’s so much work goes into it, it’s been a big operation for myself and the department which includes Alan Hatherillo, Alex Burrows, Alex Hambly, Harry Wood and Ken Barnard,” he continued.
“For this trip we’ve had a courier bring the kit, playing equipment and medical supplies over for us, and this year we’ve used the same courier as the England team use.
“That’s really helpful because it means I can stay at the training ground until we come out here and make sure I take care of any last-minute adjustments the players and staff might need.
“You see everyone out here in the kit and the boots, but so much work goes into getting it all here in the first place before any of that, each player probably has four kits and always more than two pairs of boots!”